Join us at the BLK.INK Virtual Book Fair in celebration of new and indie authors from various cultural backgrounds and across a broad range of genres including general fiction, urban fiction, romance, sci-fi, crime, young adult (YA), non-fiction, personal & professional growth, faith and children’s books. The one night event will take place virtually on Friday, January 29, 2021 from 5-9 PM CST.


During the event attendees will participate in an Interactive Author & Artist Showcase, the 'Ladies Night Out' All Male Author's Panel, Speaker's Series, a Cooking Demonstration, Music by a LIVE DJ and Giveaways! 


5:00 PM
Welcome: BLK. INK Founder, Author & Entrepreneur Michelle D. Jackson

5:10 - 5:30 PM
Live Performance: Award Winning Jazz Guitarist Cashmere Williams/ Visit Virtual Exhibit Showcase

5:30 - 6:00 PM
Visit Virtual Exhibit Showcase

6:00 - 6:45 PM
Featured Speaker: Tracy Sherrod, VP, Editorial Director & Publisher of Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publisher that is focused on Black literature. Amistad is the oldest U.S. publisher dedicated to multicultural voices.

Topic: Thriving as a Black Author

Tracy will be joined by Author & International Jewel Thief, Doris Payne. Doris will discuss her book and upcoming movie, Diamond Doris, based on her life.

6:45 - 7:00 PM
Visit Virtual Exhibit Showcase

7:00 - 7:30 PM
Cooking Demonstration & Interview: Chef Terrell Manning, Author of “The Language of Food.”

7:30 - 7:45 PM
Visit Virtual Exhibit Showcase

7:45- 8:15 PM
Interview with Jesse Washington, Author, Journalist & Senior Writer for ESPN's The Undefeated, a platform for exploring the intersections of race, sports, and culture.

8:20 - 8:50 PM
Panel Discussion: All-Male New & Indie Authors:
Dennis Martin, Author of “Financial Decision Making” (Self-Help Finance)
Brian Evans, Author of “The S.P.E.A.R. Paradigm: Encountering God” (Christian Non-Fiction)
Emmanuel Kulu, Author of "I, Black Pharaoh: Rise to Power” (Historical Fiction)
Sean Aeon, Author of “The Outsider’s Mind” (Dark/Fantasy Fiction)

9:00 PM - Event Ends

Throughout the event, meet with and purchase books directly from authors in our Virtual Author Vendor Spaces & Chat Rooms. Meet the authors LIVE, learn about their work and find out how you can receive autographed copies and ebooks.

Vendor and attendee registration is now open at, Vendor booths are only $75 for the one day event. Register to attend for free.

Our first event held on November 6-7, 2020 was a great success. It was viewed by 1,100 + book lovers via livestream. There were 216 author/artist booth interactions, 120 author/author website clicks and 163 live chats!  To view video highlights from the last event go HERE.



To become a vendor/exhibitor, please follow the instructions below:  

  • To set up your virtual exhibit booth. Go to,

  • Click, Apply for Booth, and start your application. You will be asked to provide pictures of your merchandise and you can add video if you like. To see a short overview of the information needed for the application go HERE. Please follow the picture size requirements. 

  • Pay the $75 fee via credit card or PayPal. No other fees are charged.

  • Applications are due no longer than January 25th.


Principal Sponsor

5 Interactive Booths + logo on webpage + logo on BoothCentral registration page + social media promo + e-newsletter feature + speaking opportunity + one-min. video + pre and post event day interview (livestreamed)


Platinum Level Sponsor

2 Interactive Booths + logo on webpage + mention on BoothCentral registration page + social media promo + e-newsletter feature + pre-event interview (livestreamed)


Gold Level Sponsor

One Interactive Booth + logo on webpage + mention on BoothCentral registration page + social media promo + e-newsletter feature


Author/Artist Feature

One feature in the BWW e-newsletter + one pre-event interview on BWW On-Screen


To secure a sponsorship, follow these instructions:

For additional information email Michelle Jackson at

Please make a donation today by clicking the DONATE button above.

100% of all proceeds will support the Black Writers Workspace Community.


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